Saturday February 2, 2013

Assisted death bill clears Vt. Senate panel

MONTPELIER (AP) -- A bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, dubbed "end-of-life choices" by supporters and "physician-assisted suicide" by opponents.

The action came after a week of often emotional testimony both by supporters and opponents of the legislation.

It now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is expected to be up for action in the full Senate the week after next.

Libel suit against St. Mike’s students dismissed

COLCHESTER (AP) -- A judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed against two St. Michael’s College journalism students by a man who submitted his name as a candidate in New Hampshire’s 2012 presidential primary. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy ruled against John Haywood of North Carolina, who filed for the Democratic primary. Haywood was one of 27 names on the New Hampshire ballot -- Democrats and Republicans -- who were profiled by students.

Haywood filed suit in U.S. District Court in Burlington contending the two students who produced his profile misrepresented his policy positions and libeled him, among other allegations. Conroy disagreed and upheld the students’ motion to dismiss the case.


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He also ordered Haywood to pay them and the Colchester college more than $23,000.

FBI closes probe of Vt.’s largest heist

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The FBI has ended its investigation into the biggest heist in Vermont history, the $1.9 million armored car company theft in Rutland. A single man with a gun overpowered two guards at Berkshire Armored Car in Rutland 11 years ago Thursday.

Despite the investigation by the FBI and Rutland police, the case has never been solved.

For years the FBI posted information under the "seeking information" section of its website. Now the FBI says the case is closed because the statute of limitations for the crimes has past. The gunman handcuffed and tied both men before taking bags of money and making a getaway in a dark van.

Gas prices rising in Vt.

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Gas prices are rising again in Vermont.

The website VermontGasPrices.com shows the lowest prices ranging from $3.45 in Brattleboro to $3.53 around the state.

Higher prices of $ 3.79 a gallon were found at stations in Williston, Vergennes, Bethel and Killington in the last two days.

The website shows that the average price per gallon has gone up 11 cents from $3.54 to $3.65 in the last month.

VermontGasPrices.com is a local website that allows visitors to post retail gasoline price online.